The BEST competition is a ‘Dragon’s Den’ Style Biotechnology business competition open to teams from colleges and sixth forms in Greater Manchester.
The teams have to think of a brand-new idea for a ‘mock’ biotechnology start-up business. The idea only has to be theoretically possible, but it must be based on real-science. They then have to pitch their idea to our panel of leading scientists and entrepreneurs.
The winning team will be the one that impresses our judges the most, and convinces them that their idea is the one that could work.
The competition consists of two days spread a few weeks apart: The first part is our Biotechnology workshop which will help the teams put together their idea and their pitch. The second part is the competition day itself, where the teams will deliver their pitch.
To kick of the competition, all the teams will be invited to our Biotechnology workshop on the 20th March 2015 at the Manchester Museum.
They will hear from leading scientists and business people, who will share their experiences of how a scientific concept can become a business.
The teams will be able to discuss their ideas with our speakers, and maybe get a few hints and tips on how to put together a great idea and a great pitch.
Date: Friday 20th March 2015
Venue: Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd., M13 9PL
The competition day is when the teams pitch their ideas to our panel of judges.
The teams will be given 15 minutes to deliver their pitch followed by 15 minutes of questions from our panel. Projector and laptop facilities will be available in the room. We also recommend emailing any presentations in advance so we can check they’ll be no technical issues on the day.
The competition day will take place in the council chamber of the Sackville St. Building at the University of Manchester. We’ll allocate your team a half-hour time-slot after you register. We ask that teams arrive at least twenty minutes before their time slot to ensure smooth running of the day.
Date: Tuesday 31st March 2015
Venue: Council Chamber, Sackville St. Building, The University of Manchester, M1 3BU
Time: Times allocated after registration deadline
Schools and colleges interested in entering teams must first register with us by the 24th January 2015.
To register click HERE, and complete the online form. We will need to know how many teams and how many participants you intend to put forward, and any dietary or other requirements the participants might have.
We’ll send you an application pack with more details about our Biotech workshop and final competition day.
Friday 6th February… Registration Deadline: Deadline to register teams from your college or 6th forms for the competition. Places are limited so register soon.
Friday 20th March… Biotechnology Workshop: Find out more about how science becomes a business from leading scientists and entrepreneurs. 9.45-15.30, Kanaris Lecture Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Rd., M13 9PL
Tuesday 31st March… Competition Day: Time for the teams to pitch their idea to our panel. Council Chamber, Sackville St. Building, The University of Manchester, M1 3BU